Costs for the Top 3 IP-PBXs

Cost for a complete Asterisk IP-PBX UC System

Asterisk IP PBX sales rep showing affordable systems.When budgeting for a new VoIP IP-PBX phone system the difference in cost between a traditional proprietary PBX, like Mitel, Shoretel, or Avaya and an Asterisk based IP-PBX system can be extraordinary. Asterisk based IP-PBX appliances have been growing in popularity, not only for the SMB market, but also for larger companies due in part led by lower Internet costs (if using SIP trunks) and because of the outstanding feature set, reliability, customization (for larger installations), and the ability for end user in-house management. With a lower cost and more robust features the number of successful deployments is exponentially increasing and it's no surprise that traditional PBX companies now recognize the force that is Asterisk® .

With this in mind, we have put together some rudimentary numbers for several small Asterisk based IP-PBX appliance systems, that each include a choice of matched phone models. The examples reflect the total cost for hardware for a small business solution and are each a top rated choice. We have not included installation costs as many small businesses might have a relationship with a network/computer person that would handle it, however this cost must be budgeted for. In many cases an IT person with some basic knowledge of networks that may already work for the company should be able to make the installation with help from online tutorials and the manufacturer's support people, which is another reason why these business phone systems are changing the telecom market. The following bundles are just suggestions and need to be tailored for any particular unique circumstances, but do offer guidance. In any case, these examples offer insight on the affordability of an Asterisk based IP-PBX that was built using open source software (Asterisk on Linux) versus alternative PBX choices.

These 3 Asterisk based IP-PBX systems for small to medium businesses are all included in our top choice picks. The Grandstream UCM6200 series recently replaced the popular 6100 series and the Yeastar S20 is one in a new line of their VoIP PBX appliances. Both have made improvements on their popular Asterisk appliances while maintaining incredible affordability, a robust feature set and hardened dependability. The Sangoma PBXact UC appliance offers users a great package of tools from a well known company known for their high standards, having built some of the best Asterisk interface cards in the business for many years. Additionally, Sangoma offers support options on the PBXact for those companies that need a service contract in place. All of these UC PBX system choices will take a business to the next level in IP communications, with each one offering a variety of special apps for specific company or industry solutions.

Here are Costs for 3 Different Top Rated Asterisk based IP-PBX Systems

Our systems (examples) all include PoE (Power over Ethernet) phones from the same manufacturer as the IP-PBX plus a managed PoE switch. We have chosen mid-range phone models for affordability and feature set with a couple of higher end phones and one extension panel for the receptionist. The examples below can easily be tailored for any particular needs by choosing other phone models, as well as using power adapters instead of PoE, if desired. Read some of the relevant brochures or datasheets for more detailed information. The equipment costs below do not include installation which would be additional, if hiring a professional installer.

These 3 Business phone systems all offer some of the best feature sets that are tested and hardened for reliable results.

When considering phones always lean towards the same company that makes your PBX appliance. They are matched specifically and features are "hardened" making life easier as changes are made down the line. If you're just looking for phones, Yealink is very popular with hosted VoIP providers and both companies, Yeastar & Yealink work closely. Sangoma is a great FreePBX choice, and Grandstream will match well with the UMC appliance.

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PoE Switches (managed and Unmanaged)

Two Great Yealink Phone Choices


Grandstream UCM6202 IP PBX with GXP phones.

Grandstream GXP1760 mid-range ip phone.Grandstream UCM6202 ip pbx Asterisk appliance.

Grandstream UCM6202 ippbx with GXP phones

Cost estimates for a 15 phone system.
  • Grandstream UCM6202 /04 IP PBX Appliance- $300.00 range (maybe less)
  • Linksys 16-Port Gigabit PoE+ Smart Managed Switch (LGS318P)- $280.00
  • Total for appliance & PoE switch- $580.00

  • 13 GXP1760 IP Phones- $70.00ea-- $910.00
  • 2 GXV3240 MultiMedia Phones- $200.00ea--$400.00
  • 1 GXP2200EXT Expansion Module- $85.00
  • Total phone cost (PoE)- $1395+580+.00

  • Total system cost- $1,975.00
Sangoma PBXact UC40 and S Series phones.

Sangoma s500 IP phone for PBXact UC40. Sangoma PBXact UC40 Asterisk ippbx appliance.

Sangoma PBXact 40 with S-Series phones

Cost estimates for a 15 phone system.
  • Sangoma PBXact 40 UC Appliance- $850.00 *Or the FreePBX Phone System 40 for about $700.00.
  • Linksys 16-Port Gigabit PoE+ Smart Managed Switch (LGS318P)- $280.00
  • Total for appliance & PoE switch- $1130.00

  • 13 Sangoma s300 VoIP Phone PoE- $75.00ea--$975.00
  • 2 Sangoma s500 VoIP Phone PoE- $150.00ea--$300.00
  • 1 EXP100 Expansion Module- $150.00
  • Total phone cost (PoE)- $1425.00

  • Total system cost- $2,555.00
Yeastar S20 VoIP PBX with Yealink IP phones.

Yealink T42S IP phone with S20 VoIP pbx appliance.Yeastar S20 VoIP PBX asterisk appliance.

Yeastar S20 PBX with Yealink IP phones.

Cost estimates for a 15 phone system.
  • Yeastar S20 VoIP PBX- $400.00
  • Linksys 16-Port Gigabit PoE+ Smart Managed Switch (LGS318P)- $280.00
  • Total for appliance & PoE switch- $680.00

  • 13 Yealink SIP-T23P Phones- $60.00ea-- $780.00
  • 2 Yealink SIP-T46G IP Phones- $150.00ea--$300.00
  • 1 EXP40 Expansion Module- $80.00
  • Total phone cost (PoE)- $1160.00

  • Total system cost- $1,870.00

*FreePBX Phone System

FreePBX Phone System from Sangoma is a close and viable option rather than the PBXact line. Sangoma's FreePBX appliances are the only officially supported hardware solution for FreePBX and offer more customization than the commercial version PBXact. PBXact, being the commercial hardened version of the Sangoma's FreePBX appliance, offers a robust platform with an intuitive easy interface, thought out for use by users by the Sangoma team and supported by them with a SLA (extra cost). It comes pre-loaded and packaged with some modules that are add-ons with the FreePBX and features the Zulu UC application.

Both lines of appliances come in comparable sizes. Read more about what separates the two: PBXact UC vs FreePBX

For FreePBX Appliance Comparisons.

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